Do you remember that story in the Bible about the Ebenezer?
That story is one of my favorite Bible stories because God shows up again and again for people despite their disobedience. And, God makes the impossible possible. In the wake of the Israelite victory, Samuel takes a stone and sets it on the ground and he names the stone “Ebenezer” saying, “Thus far, the Lord has helped us.” God shows up despite our messiness. And, God shows up and invites us to a renewed commitment toward aligning ourselves with kin-dom, shalom-oriented values and to share with our community our own Ebenezer’s. Look! See what God has done in our lives. Look! See what God is building stone by stone.
The Ebenezer Project was founded in 2013 in order to create a space to empower change makers working for racial justice in Anabaptist and interfaith communities, amplify and elevate the voices of Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), and provide free and accessible racial justice materials, resources, and workshops.
Transform Anabaptist and interfaith communities and institutions by empowering BIPOC and white co-conspirators to disrupt racism, engage intersectionally, speak with authenticity, and invest in long-term and sustainable anti-racist practices.
Bonita Croyle (she/her/hers) is a speaker, and writer with a desire to live intentionally for Jesus. She routinely engages with interfaith communities and individuals on topics of racial justice, transracial adoption, faith formation, liberation theology, womanism, and intersectionality.
Bonita’s work covers the historical and current context of many issues including Mennonite faith practices, racial equity, intersectionality, allyship, and transracial adoption. As a Mennonite and a Black transracial adoptee, Bonita leverages her unique lived experiences to make clear the urgency to drive sustainable anti-racist structural and systemic change.
Bonita is a graduate of Hesston College and Millersville University and holds a degree in English and Sociology. Her writing has been published and reposted on many sites including Anabaptist Faith Formation, Medium, Love What Matters, and Shelly Shuster. In her spare time, Bonita enjoys dreaming about the beach, cooking, performing slam poetry, singing loudly along with musicals (have you even listened to Dear Evan Hansen?! So good), traveling, and adventuring.